If your pantry’s stuffed with ingredients that you rarely ever reach for or is practically empty, it might be time to stock up on things that you’ll actually use. After all, there’s nothing worse than having to spend extra money ordering takeout just because you’re missing a few basic ingredients.
Spencer Watts from Spencer’s Big 30 (Wednesdays at 9:30 p.m.) has created a carefully-crafted list of what pantry ingredients are truly worth investing in — because every great meal starts with great ingredients.
According to Spencer, spices give you the best bang for your buck (they honestly last forever, and are essential for adding flavour to any dish). Pepper, basil, parsley flakes, paprika, cumin and thyme are all well suited for practically any marinade, sauce and protein.
Butter may not be the healthiest spread on the block, but almost everything tastes better with butter, so you’ll definitely want to have a tub of it in your kitchen.
Whether you want to make oatmeal cookies or just have a healthy bowl of oatmeal in the morning, rolled oats have an extremely long shelf life. Plus, they’re ridiculously healthy!
Spencer suggests keeping three types of sugar in your pantry at all times: brown sugar, white sugar and honey. That way, you’ll have everything you could possibly need to sweeten up your breakfast, dinner and dessert.
Oil is the one thing you absolutely need to have on hand. At the very least, stock up on some canola oil for cooking and olive oil for finishing your dishes. If you’re not sure which type of oil to buy, here’s a handy, little guide on when to use which cooking oil and why.
You never know when you’ll need a savoury liquid to enhance a marinade or sauce. To be on the safe side, it wouldn’t hurt to keep bouillon cubes or some of the packaged broth in your pantry.